Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe

Kedu America

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Most great Ghanaian highlife music exists in the past tense only. So this state of the art studio CD recorded in December 1994 by the self-proclaimed "Doctor of Hypertension" offers bounty beyond expectation. Osadebe's smoking ten-piece orchestra plays guitar-based dance music with a terrific horn section work and smooth-as-silk lead vocals by one of the best performers in the field. Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe's Soundmakers rode high in the Ghanian charts in the '70s and '80s -- only Prince Nico's international hit album Sweet Mother outsold Osadebe's Platinum-award winning Osondi Owendi. The liner notes include a great story of professionalism that definitely links this band to another time. Kedu was recorded during a rare North American tour when Osadebe was nabbed for a day of studio recording. When the producer suggested the band might want to cover themselves in the event of any false starts or mishaps by reserving a second day of studio time, Chief Stephen asked with a straight face, just how many records did he intend to make?

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